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The end to an incREDible year

Jordan Derrick, Editor May 18, 2023

FCCLA is finishing the 2022-2023 school year with a variety of activities for members to compete, serve the community, and receive recognition. On April 3rd-5th, the FCCLA State Conference took place....

Robotics members discuss their plans for this season.

Robot Report: 2023 Game Announced – Charged Up!

Jade Levendoski, Editor February 13, 2023
On Saturday Jan. 7th, our Thorbots team watched the kickoff live stream together as they revealed the game for this year: Charged Up!
FCCLA Update

FCCLA Update

Jordan Derrick, Front Page News Editor February 13, 2023
This week, the club looks forward to continuing the annual tradition of FCCLA week, which includes a milk shake sale during break Monday through Friday for $1.00 and dress up days.

Tech Team Update

Bee Haugh, Writer February 13, 2023
The WAPAC Tech Team, headed by Mr. Dahlen, is the group responsible for the technology based behind the scenes of various performances in the Westby Area Performing Arts Center. Team members handle all of the lighting on stage, including a pre-programed light system run by two or three students, along with two spotlights that are used when a certain person or place needs to be lit on stage.
Service Club members serve meals at the Warming Center in La Crosse in December, which was a meaningful experience for all.

Service Club Winter Update

Elizabeth Curtis, Sports Editor January 26, 2023
Westby's Service Club has continued to be a great help to our community. Members have contributed their time and effort into helping our community through service-oriented projects such as gift wrapping and creating cards for Norseland. Club advisor, Mrs. Tammy Gilkes continues to leave a mark at Westby through the club's membership and projects. Staff advisor Mr. Ed Pedretti facilitates the meetings that have taken place during the school day.
The Build Team gathers to discuss the possibility of a swerve drive on the robot.

Robot Report: Start of the Build Season

Jade Levendoski, Editor in Chief December 14, 2022

This year's robotics team is made of fifteen students and five mentors, who have already begun to create a perfect start on another season. 53% of the team is made of new members, who are all wonderful...

A group of 40 students stands outside in front of a blue ball at the World Dairy Expo in Madison, WI.

FFA Update

Elizabeth Curtis, Sports Editor December 2, 2022
Westby Area High School's FFA has had a strong start to the 2022-2023 school year. The student organization started the fall with a new staff advisor, Mrs. Betsi Bishop, who was hired in the summer of 2022 as the new agriculture and animal sciences teacher.
Senior Service club members work to make gift baskets for the Elementary Halloween Party.

Service Club Update

Elizabeth Curtis, Sports Editor December 1, 2022
So far in Service club, members made gift baskets for the Elementary Halloween party. Members also recently made tie blankets for Sleep in Heavenly peace, which is being held this Saturday, December 3rd. Members will build beds for community members in need. Their goal is to build 20 beds.
A group of students smiles during a lunch time meeting in a classroom

Pride Initiative Update

Ombeni Goss, Editor November 18, 2022
The WAHS chapter of the Wisconsin GSA student organization is an open and accepting group of all kinds. They are growing at a rapid rate, tripling their at the start of the school year. The club premiered in the spring of 2021 with four dedicated members, but now has become a thriving community with over 25. Since the start, the Pride Initiative's goal has been to foster a safe, loving environment for all and to support the LGBTQ+ community.
Mr. Zeluski holds a whiteboard that exclaims he is lost during Hollywood Squares in Homecoming Week

New Staff Profile: Mr. Patrick Zeluski

Jade Levendoski, Editor in Chief November 17, 2022
During the First Quarter, Westby Highschool band members enjoyed the presence and teachings of Student Teacher Patrick Zeluski.
Students work in a garden

Green Club Update

Jordan Derrick, Front Page News Editor November 17, 2022
Westby's Green Club is an environmental conservation based club. Activities of the current school year include pop tab collection, ink cartridge collection, creating things with recycled materials, and other recycling projects.
Picture of teacher wearing red sweatshirt

New staff profile: Meet Mr. Jared Anderson

Marissa Klum, Writer November 17, 2022
Mr. Anderson is a new staff member at WASD, though “Westby is home” for him. Mr. Anderson mentioned he grew up in Westby, graduated from Westby and stated “the community support is second to none” when asked why he chose to teach at Westby.
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